Merideth Lehman, M.Ed. CCLS, Provisionally Licensed LPC
Owner/Director of Grace Counseling, LLC
Play Therapist in Training
Email: [email protected]
Merideth bought Grace Counseling in 2020 from the previous owner, Nancy Hoey. Merideth has been practicing part time at Grace Counseling since 2017 and is very excited to be become the new owner of Grace Counseling and expanding her practice to full time.
Merideth received her master degree in Professional Counseling from Stephens College in 2013 and her bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies - Emphasis area Child Life Specialist from University of Missouri - Columbia in 1995. Merideth has spent the last 30 years working with children, adults and families in a variety of settings. Merideth has been a certified Child Life Specialist for 25 years helping children, teen and families cope with challenging situations they experience in the healthcare setting.
Diane Barnes, MSW, LCSW
Diane completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Clinical Social Work at the University of Missouri - Columbia. Diane has worked in the mental health field for 27 years and served populations involving children, families, adults, couples, and individuals. Her work experience includes inpatient and outpatient settings. Diane is a social worker who helps people in a genuine and compassionate manner.
- Play therapy
- Anxiety and depression
- Families and couples
- Eating disorders
- Substance Abuse
- Life adustment issues
- Counseling for older adults
Diane was born and raised in the central Missouri area. Diane and her husband have one adult daughter and an amazing grandson. She enjoys wood-working, mosaic tiling, and playing with her active grandson.
Shamon Williams, PLPC
It's been said that in life we find ourselves entering a storm, going through a storm or leaving a storm. Perhaps you may find yourself stuck in the storm, unable to get past the feelings of doubt, frustration and hopelessness. If you feel alone and have been struggling with sadness, irritability, inability to sleep, constant worry, fear of making the wrong decisions, struggling with your confidence or identity I may be the right counselor for you. My career path has included working with adolescents and adults that are dealing with life transitions including loss, divorce, illness, anxiety, depression, trauma leaving abusive relationships and the feelings of struggling through and unfulfilled life.
With experience in private practice, mental health behavioral settings and more than 20 years of social work my philosophy of healing encompasses positive regard in a supportive environment, which embraces compassion, and goal setting while fostering confidence and resiliency in oneself. My treatment modalities incorporate an eclectic approach of mindfulness, motivational interviewing, person centered therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy systems as a method of challenging negative thought patterns and feeling more in control of your life. After your initial session you may very well very well feel a sense of calm and hope as we work together through your storm.
As we identify what your best life or situation would look like you will find me to be supportive, genuine, compassionate, accepting and growth oriented as we challenge some of the belief systems and behaviors that have obstructed you from living a fulfilling life.